St Giles Trust – Breaking the cycle of offending
St Giles Trust (SGT) supports male and female offenders aged 15+ and their families. The aim is to help them realise their true potential and avoid re-offending, and so to contribute to a safer and more productive society. SGT works with some of the most marginalised people in society struggling with issues such as homelessness, unemployment, addiction and discrimination. Lancashire is providing not just an unrestricted donation but also is encouraging staff to mentor SGT employees.
International Care Ministries - Reaching the Ultra Poor
Through the experience gained over the past 20 years, International Care Ministries (ICM) has developed a holistic, community based approach to fighting poverty that produces real, sustainable and resource-efficient results. Every year, Lancashire gives employees the opportunity to travel to the Philippines and work alongside ICM staff for a week, providing aid and support to just a few of the nearly 100,000 ultra-poor people positively impacted by their work annually.
Médecins Sans Frontières - providing humanitarian relief worldwide
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. They offer assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
Lancashire recognises the risk that the MSF teams take, working on their many projects around the world, for the reward of saving lives. Our support of MSF allows them to respond when an emergency hits, and we also directly funded their work when a cholera epidemic broke out in Haiti, to help the people in Rakhine state in Myanmar and for their emergency response in South Sudan.
Family Centre is an internationally accredited Bermuda registered charity that provides early intervention services to children and families at risk in Bermuda. Our therapeutic services and programmes address neglect, abuse and unaddressed trauma, whilst ensuring we provide care that respects, strengthens, educates and inspires families. Our mandate is to strengthen families to create a healthier Bermuda for our children. Family Centre is proud to call Lancashire Foundation a 'Champion of Children'. The Foundation have partnered with Family Centre since 2007 and have provided vital funds to sustain the delivery of critical intervention and counselling services to children and families in crisis - free of charge. This generosity has allowed children and families to have access to critical care without the constraints of financial hardship. Thanks to the Lancashire Foundation, Family Centre have many children and families who have successfully turned their crisis into an opportunity to have a positive outcome and a brighter future. This would not have been possible without the Lancashire Foundation's continued support of the theraputic programmes and services.
Tomorrow’s Voices provides a high intensity early intervention programme for autistic children and is the only programme of its kind in Bermuda and is designed to meet the individual needs of children who are diagnosed with Autism, or a developmental disability, from the age of 2 years old. The overall goal of Tomorrow’s Voices is to provide its clients with the skills to assist with their reintegration into their neighbourhood schools with minimal supervision and to provide them with a better quality of life through intervention. The Lancashire Foundation has supported Tomorrow’s Voices since 2007.
Making a difference in a day
We encourage our staff and senior management to identify a preferred cause and to then donate a day to helping them. During 2019, our staff gave their time and efforts in support of a number of charities, including those involved in food redistribution and homelessness, educational, recreational and therapeutic activities, providing aid and support to the ultra-poor, supporting offenders and their families.
In the UK:
We spent a day assisting in transforming the roof garden of St Giles Trust into a welcoming, positive space for St Giles' clients to enjoy either as a respite from their work or as a space in which to meet their caseworkers.
We sent volunteers to assist at Acton Homeless Concern day centre for homeless people to support those who serve some of the most vulnerable members of society.
We also participated in a number of fundraising activities, including:
- The London and Mid-Sussex marathons and other distance runs raising funds in support of various UK registrered charities;
- The Meridian pull rowing challenge raising funds for an inner city London charity; and
- Various activities including a bake sale, table tennis competition and quiz night raising funds for the 2019 Project Transform trip, supporting ICM.
We volunteered to help tidy the local Nature Reserve, safeguarding Bermuda’s diverse habitats for the benefit of future generations.
We dedicated time to help out in the community with Meals on Wheels.
We participated in a number of fundraising activities, including:
- The Bermuda Relay for Life, a unique 24 hour, overnight fundraising event that brings communities together in the fight against cancer; and
- The AXA end-to-end cycle raising funds for various Bermuda charities.